Virginia Tech’s campus has been bustling with construction vehicles and equipment recently. There are two main projects underway at the same time, both expected to be finished in late 2021: a new residence hall and the Holden Hall renovation. Additionally, the Perry Street parking lot has been going through periodic closures as Virginia Tech’s facilities team updates the chilled water lines in the area.
The new residence hall began construction earlier this year and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021, in time for that year’s fall semester. The current estimated budget is $105 million, according to Virginia Tech’s Associate Vice President for University Relations, Mark Owczarski.
The other project that has drawn students’ attention is the construction going on in the Perry Street parking lot. While there is a new multi-modal transportation facility planned for that space in the future, the current work being done is not related to those projects.
“Currently new pipe is being installed in that area (as part of a chilled water distribution network),” explained Owczarski. “That’s what you see now.”
Owczarski also explained that there will be multiple projects in the Perry Street area, alongside the multi-modal transportation facility. The completion dates are not set, but there is also a new lab building and Hitt Hall planned for that space.
Holden Hall’s renovation is also making serious progress, as the older section of building that will be replaced has been completely demolished. The renovation of that area of academic buildings will clock in at around $72 million, according to Owczarski, and is scheduled to be finished in December of 2021.